Great Adventures Cairns Great Barrier Reef Pontoon

Great Adventures Cairns departs from Green Island daily.  This Great Adventures Reef activity platform on the Great Barrier Reef offers a fantastic day for swimmers and non-swimmers.

We are starting from Green Island at 11:20 am and arriving back on Green Island at 3:45 pm.

Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the World.  The Great Barrier Reef stretches from Bundaberg to Papua New Guinea in the North.   A distance of 2,300 kilometres.  The Reef is an abundance of brightly coloured fish and coral.

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is home to 30 species of whales, porpoises and dolphins.

Six species of sea turtles live on the Great Barrier Reef.

Two hundred fifteen species of birds, as well as 1500 species of fish, all live on the Reef.

Pop on a mask and snorkel and discover the colours of the Great Barrier Reef.  It will take your breath away.

Reef Pontoon

First, this tour travels to an all-weather Reef activity pontoon on the outer barrier Reef.

Here you will find amazing underwater visibility and abundant marine life and coral.

This all-weather Reef platform offers a range of fantastic activities.   

On the Reef pontoon, there are activities for swimmers and non-swimmers, including an underwater observatory, snorkelling, scuba diving and scuba doo.

Next, we arrive at a magnificent outer Great Barrier Reef, where guests can enjoy a fantastic array of activities.


Included in your tour are a snorkel, mask and fins, and floatation devices to make snorkelling a breeze.

While you are at the Reef, a friendly crew will help you with your gear and lifesavers to ensure you are safe.

You can also upgrade for a guided snorkel with a knowledgeable guide to show you around the Reef.

Scuba Diving

Introductory scuba dive

Would you like to experience the Great Barrier Reef like a fish?  Introductory diving is a fantastic way to see marine life and coral.

Handheld by a professional PADI dive instructor that will make sure you are safe and comfortable.  Diving with an experienced dive instructor familiar with the Reef location.

Certified scuba diving

Already a certified scuba diver, let’s get you geared up and enjoying our best dive sites.


Also,  try Scuba Doo.  It is so much fun cruising around the Reef on an underwater scooter.  Non-swimmers can also enjoy this exciting optional extra.

See the Reef without getting wet.

Semi Submarine

In addition to snorkelling and scuba diving, you can also take a semi-submersible tour.  This tour includes informative marine commentary and departs every 30 minutes.

During your tour, pop into the underwater observatory for coral and fish viewing.

Underwater observatory

From the underwater observatory, take in the view of brightly coloured fish and coral.  There is also the chance to see giant clams and a scuba diver passing by.

The large windows of the underwater observatory keep everyone mesmerized.

Also, there are interpretive posters to help you identify marine life.

While you are there, join the Eco Reef talk with the Marine Naturalist.


Next, take a spectacular scenic helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef.

See other fantastic options for your family.

This tour is also available as a package, including Green Island.

If you are not on Green Island, don’t worry.  This tour also departs from Cairns.

Next, see other fantastic things to do on Green Island.

Green Island

  • Underwater Observatory
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Scuba doo


Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour itinerary

  • 9.30 am First check-in at Great Adventures Reservations Counter inside the Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal.
  • 10:10 am Next, board the vessel.
  • Complimentary morning tea/coffee served.
  • 10:30 am Journey to the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 11:20 am  During the day, watch the Reef Presentation shown on the vessel’s monitors.
  • Snorkelling demonstration by the crew.
  • 12:30 pm Arrive at the Outer Great Barrier Reef pontoon.
  • 1:00-2:30 pm Time for hot and cold buffet lunch.
  • Enjoy more reef activities or relax on the sundeck and take in the views!
  • Tea and coffee are available while at the platform.
  • 3:45 pm Departure to Cairns via Green Island.
  • Complimentary cheese and biscuits served on the homeward journey.
  • 5:30 pm Arrive at Marlin Marina, Cairns.

Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
Cake selection served for morning tea
Three (3) hours at Outer Reef Activity Platform
Snorkelling equipment
Use of buoyancy vests & lycra/stinger suits
Reef education presentation
Hot and cold buffet lunch with fresh prawns
Semi-submersible coral reef viewing tour
Underwater Observatory
Guided Eco Reef Talk in the underwater observatory
Afternoon tea and coffee available whilst at the platform
Cheese and crackers served on the return journey.

What to Bring:
– Hat and shirt for sun protection. We recommend marine-friendly sunscreen.
– Swimwear and towel.
– Camera.
– Professional photo service on board (additional cost).
– Cash or credit card for option activities or onboard purchases.

  • Swimming costume, beach towel and also sunglasses.
  • Hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes.
  • Money for drinks and souvenirs as well as optional activities.
  • A smile and a sense of adventure!

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Cairns check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns from 09:45 am.

Where Can I Park?

There are several parking stations throughout Cairns in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

Important Scuba Diving Information for Cairns Great Barrier Reef tour

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Queensland, Australia, has some of the world’s strictest scuba diving rules and the safest scuba diving record.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

Would you like to try scuba diving?

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking, as some medical conditions, age, and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please get in touch with our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Alternatively, you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms’ AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after diving.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.  If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning, you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible


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